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>>New Chemical Safety Reform Passes
Source: politico.com

Republicans in Congress voted overwhelmingly to give the EPA sweeping new powers to regulate tens of thousands of chemicals used to make everything from car parts to cleaning products.

>>OSHA Issues New Confined Space Rule Memorandum
Source: osha.gov
This memorandum sets forth guidance regarding the application of 29 CFR 1926 Subpart AA to residential construction work. The following Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) clarify the scope of the standard, as well as how the standard will apply to attics, crawl spaces, basements, and other potential confined space or permit-required confined space exposures that may occur during the course of residential construction work. Finally, these FAQs address the standard's multi-employer communication requirements and several questions regarding general applicability of the rule.

>>ASHRAE 2016 Annual Conference Takes Place June 25-29
Source: ashrae.org
The ASHRAE 2016 Annual Conference takes place June 25-29 in St. Louis, Missouri, at the Marriott St. Louis Grand Hotel and America's Center convention Complex. For more information on the Conference, or to view the program brochure and register, click here.

>>DOE Announces Dates for the 2017 Race to Zero Student Design Competition
Source: energy.gov
With the success of the 2016 event, DOE is announcing the dates for the next competition. The event will be held April 22-23, 2017, at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Golden, Colorado. Click here for the key dates for the upcoming event.

Source: energy.gov
The applications deadline for the 2016 Housing Innovation Awards is tomorrow, June 15. Submit applications on time in order to be eligible for this year's awards. If you have not yet submitted an application, start working on them now. Don't miss this chance to be recognized as one of the nation's leading builders, delivering the home of the future to American home buyer's today! If you have any questions related to the Housing Innovation Awards or the application process, the Zero Energy Ready Home team is happy to answer them.
 
 
>>Building America Webinar: Are the Walls Closing In? Set for June 28
Source: energy.gov
New building products and new code requirements are coming to market by the hour. Although building science advice is prevalent, there are no perfect, "one-size-fits-all" answers for how to take that next step in high performance construction. This presentation, which takes place on June 28 from 3:00-4:00 ET, will discuss about moisture performance of walls such as what we know, what we don't know, and the pros and cons of various water management strategies.
 
>>Better Buildings Challenge Partner Energy Savings Exceed $1.3 Billion
Source: betterbuildingssolutioncenter.energy.gov
It was a banner year for the Better Buildings Challenge, with bigger results, more partners and deeper impacts on our nation’s energy and water use and economy.

160 trillion Btus of energy saved
$1.3 billion saved
10 million tons of avoided carbon emissions
2.3 billion gallons of water saved

Click here to see the results in a handy infographic.
 
>>HUD Holds its First National Healthy Homes Month (NHHM) Throughout the Month of June
Source: hud.gov
National Healthy Homes Month (NHHM) will be held for the first time during June 2016.   This month-long celebration offers an opportunity to learn more about housing and its impact on health and provide resources to encourage local activities as well as empower families to protect themselves from hazards in their home. June’s outreach activities aim to greatly boost awareness and understanding of what federal and local resources are available to make a difference in the lives of all residents, regardless of where they live.

 

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